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Secret Service: Queens Woman Pleads Guilty to Possession; Counterfeit Money

Secret Service: Queens Woman Pleads Guilty to Possession; Counterfeit Money
        ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced  that Michele Sergeant, 31, of Queens, N.Y., pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit bank notes before U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.          Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that on September 22, 2013, New York State Troopers stopped the defendant in a vehicle on Interstate 390 in the town of Wayland in Steuben County. The car was traveling at 102 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Secret Service Grounds a local "Check Kiting" Ring 5 Arrested, Convicted

Secret Service Grounds a local "Check Kiting" Ring 5 Arrested, Convicted

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. has announce that Antwan Green, 32, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the prosecution, stated that the defendant was part of a conspiracy to defraud local area banks by participating in a “Check Kiting” scheme. Green, and others, opened bank accounts and deposited large checks to the accounts. The deposited checks were written on accounts that had insufficient funds or on accounts that had been closed. Before the banks determined that the checks were not supported by any funds, the defendant and others withdrew smaller amounts from the accounts. Green actually made away with $35,547.93, but the amount of the intended loss was more than $367,000.

 

Buffalo, NY Fourth City Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft of Thousands from Parking Meters

Buffalo, NY Fourth City Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft of Thousands from Parking Meters

BUFFALO, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Franklin Lopez, 33, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the City of Buffalo, a Governmental agency which receives federal funding, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

 

“Two and a half years ago, the public first learned of wide spread corruption in this City department,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “Thanks to the continuing efforts of law enforcement and current City officials, we can now report that a fourth Parking Enforcement employee has been convicted of stealing tens of thousands of dollars over a multi-year period of time. While seldom have we seen a single department so riddled with criminals, the public can rest assured that we will not stop until all who broke the law are brought to justice.” 

 

Joint Underage Alcohol Enforcement Effort 15 Pass; 2 Charged

Joint Underage Alcohol Enforcement Effort 15 Pass; 2 Charged

LOCKPORT, NY; On 07/06/2014 from 13:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, NY State Police, and NY State Liquor Authority did a joint underage alcohol enforcement detail throughout Niagara County.  During this detail, seventeen convenience stores were checked by Deputies, Troopers, and State Liquor Authority agents utilizing underage operatives. Fifteen stores successfully denied the underage operatives alcohol and two allowed the operatives to purchase alcohol. Arrested during this detail were Clyde D. Busch, 50, of Medina, an employee of Stop-N-Gas on Lake Avenue, Lockport,and Miranda L. Newman, 17, of Wilson, an employee of the Gulf Station on Center Street in Lewiston. Busch is due in Town of Lockport Court on July 10th and Newman is due in Town of Lewiston Court on July 22nd.

Child Abuse Arrest-Town of Lockport

Child Abuse Arrest-Town of Lockport

Lockport, NY Niagara County Sheriff's Department reports that On July 3rd, 2014, Crystal N. Curthoys  was charged with Assault 2nd and Reckless Endangerment 1st after an investigation was completed by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau. The investigation revealed Curthoys to have assaulted an 11-month old child on July 2nd, 2014. She was arraigned in the Town of Royalton Court and remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Greece NY Male Convicted of Unlawful Use and acquisition of Food Stamp Benefits and Mail Fraud

Greece NY Male Convicted of Unlawful Use and acquisition of Food Stamp Benefits and Mail Fraud

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces  that Mohammad Qadi, 35, of Greece, N.Y., who was convicted of unlawful use and acquisition of food stamp benefits and mail fraud, was sentenced to three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $75,744 by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that between November 2008 and July 2010, the defendant fraudulently acquired and possessed more than $120,000 in food stamp benefits issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. Qadi did so while operating Nick’s Super Store, which was then located at 460 Monroe Avenue in Rochester.

 

Two Men Charged With Operating a Meth Lab IN Lancaster

Two Men Charged With Operating a Meth Lab IN Lancaster
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that John Ruth, 39, of and Micahel Jachimiak, 37, both of Lancaster, N.Y., were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture, with intent to possess, a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug-involved premises. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine or both.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M.